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Yamaha MT-10 SP Review

With the exception of Fatima Whitbread, brutal has never been associated with beautiful: a motto perfectly suited to Yamaha’s MT-10. An ingenious concoction of R1-derived sportiness and sheer naked lunacy has given us way more to cogitate than its Johnny Five aesthetics, proving that beauty isn’t purely skin deep. The daddy of the MT range hasn’t sold as well as… Read more →

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2017 Yamaha MT-09 Review

Working weekends is sometimes acceptable, particularly when it involves pulling mahoosive wheelies and shredding rubber in sunnier climes, and post-ride Spanish-spec G&Ts. You know, the goldfish bowls? As the front wheel returned from Earth’s troposphere for the umpteenth time that day, the 2017 Yamaha MT-09 convinced me this notion is entirely correct. Is this the ultimate roadster? If Yamaha’s MT… Read more →

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Video: Scrambler Sixty2 Launch – EP02

Apologies for the radio silence. We’ve been embroiled in a super-hectic fortnight of hedonism, stag sessions, and circumnavigating the globe. Well, Austria and other morsels of western Europe to be precise. But fear not, as we’re back in full 44Turbo mode with the second episode of the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 launch in Barcelona. You may recall last time when we… Read more →

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Video: Yamaha Tracer 700 – First Ride

Fresh from a Brexit comedown (and a non-fictional Glastonbury one too), 44Teeth headed to the Dolomites in Italy for the European press launch of Yamaha’s Tracer 700: a sports-touring middleweight based heavily on the MT-07. First there was the XSR700 offshoot to appease the modern retro heads. Now there’s a genuine mile-munching option based on Yamaha’s budget best-seller. There’ll be… Read more →

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Yamaha MT-10 Review

44Teeth jetted off to Almeria in southern Spain for the European press launch of the spanking new Yamaha MT-10, and a spot of sausage tapas. It’s not a naked R1 (the MT, not the tapas). Firstly, let’s address the looks. It’s caused great debates amongst the 44t social interwebs and seems to divide opinion, violently. It’s like Brexit but actually… Read more →

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Ducati XDiavel Review

It’s not often one receives an opportunity to fly halfway around the globe to ride luxury bikes in the equally luxurious California sunshine. Fortunately for me, recent events migrated from dream scenario to real life scenario when Ducati invited 44teeth to the XDiavel international press launch in San Diego. Let’s get straight down to the nitty gritty – I’m not… Read more →

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Video: Ducati XDiavel – First Ride Thoughts

Fresh from worldwide launch mileage in San Diego, El Barone checks in with his first ride thoughts on the Ducati XDiavel. He’ll be currently slaving away at his laptop in economy class, bashing out some more detailed prose on the cruiser that thinks it’s a supernaked. Either that or sipping gin and juice. No doubt myself and Nigel Mansell Baron… Read more →

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2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Review

“How is handling compromised while nursing an erection,” was probably the finest pre-ride enquiry regarding the 2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800. MV’s stalwart naked of 15 years has undergone a hefty set of engine and chassis revisions in 800cc form, plus obeying to bastard Euro4 emission regs – all whilst retaining those irresistible Latin lines. When a manufacturer declares various… Read more →

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Video: Ducati 959 Panigale Review

Exhaust aside, is this the perfect balance of power and handling? Grab a cuppa, sit back and join us for some Desmo-based appraisals as we review the Ducati 959 Panigale in 44T chat format. Launched in Valencia, this hyper-middleweight is certainly more than just a jazzed-up 899. Hopefully, we’ve managed to answer most of your pre-launch questions. If you haven’t… Read more →

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Ducati 959 Panigale Review | First Ride

According to Ducati, yellow superbikes from Bologna only sold during springtime when daffodils were in bloom. While I do miss the slightly unorthodox yellow Ducatis, I wasn’t fussed about pantone specifics on the approach to Valencia’s super-fast turn one aboard the new 959 Panigale. Or that exhaust. In a world where willy-waving litre bikes have forged a stranglehold among the… Read more →

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Ducati Monster 1200 R Review | First Ride

160bhp. 180kg. Öhlins. Forged Marchesinis. Sharper lines. Ducati’s new Monster 1200 R isn’t merely Bologna’s most powerful naked bike ever built; it’s also a potentially potent recipe for a kosher supernaked. But is it? Ducati seems to think so, sighting direct rivals such as KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R, and 44Teeth was one of the first in the world to… Read more →

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Ducati 1299 Panigale Review

Launched late in 2011, the Ducati Panigale has always been a thing of outstanding beauty – maybe too beautiful in a fashion-over-function approach if we’re talking pure dynamics. You’d come in after a session, sweating, shaking, checking for skidmarks and ready for bed, thinking you’d broken the lap record or a PB, when in fact the 1199 was a chunk slower than… Read more →